Arun Agrawal is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611, USA. He is interested in the politics of institutions, development and environment, and researches forest use, NGOs, democratic consolidation, and human dimensions of global change. He is currently writing a book on nomadic pastoralism, The Politics of Greener Pastures.
Dismantling the Divide Between Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge
Version of Record online: 22 OCT 2008
© 1995 Institute of Social Studies
Development and Change
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 413–439, July 1995
How to Cite
Agrawal, A. (1995), Dismantling the Divide Between Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge. Development and Change, 26: 413–439. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7660.1995.tb00560.x
- Issue online: 22 OCT 2008
- Version of Record online: 22 OCT 2008
In the past few years scholarly discussions have characterized indigenous knowledge as a significant resource for development. This article interrogates the concept of indigenous knowledge and the strategies its advocates present to promote development. The article suggests that both the concept of indigenous knowledge, and its role in development, are problematic issues as currently conceptualized. To productively engage indigenous knowledge in development, we must go beyond the dichotomy of indigenous vs. scientific, and work towards greater autonomy for ‘indigenous’ peoples.